Last weekend I got inspired and started a quilt for the JAM art quilters July challenge, What Inspires You? I drew hearts of 3 sizes, made templates out of cereal cardboard, chose fabrics that I loved, marked and cut the hearts out, and arranged them randomly on a background fabric. It was spontaneous and fun. What inspires me? Love of family, love of friends, love of quilting, and love of art/ mixed media/ art journaling.
We are having a 3 day holiday weekend here because of the 4th of July, the independence of the United States and the birth of our nation. I intended to have a quiet weekend to myself with simple plans, and instead unintentionally made too many plans. A good friend of mine told me you need time to yourself when I told him about all my plans. I didn’t think so two days ago but now I realize he was right. Yesterday was too chaotic and I was totally exhausted when I got home. I am just getting over being very sick for 2 weeks and thought I was better but I am still supposed to be taking it easy. And as an artist I need to preserve and make time for myself every week, not just when I’ve been sick.
This morning I watched some videos from Journal52 and realized that I need to get back into painting/ art journaling/ mixed media. This is very important to me and I have been neglecting/ avoiding this since my mother went into the hospital February 14. I have been spending a lot of time worrying and unable to focus. I was able to start working on small art quilt projects in April and that has helped me a lot. There has been some hand sewing involved and that is very centering for me. What I really need to do is work on art journaling projects that are inspired by my internal landscape. The year long classes I signed up for in January are great and I can use them as a jumping off point, but they are not getting me where I am, where I live, where I belong. You can’t force it, you have to let it flow.
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